Sunday, February 13, 2011

Using Containers To Organize Your Mess




None of us are quite as organized as we’d like to be and often, the clutter in our physical lives can affect our mental state (this is one of the basic tenets of feng shui). In truth, when your space is clean and tidy, it helps to quiet your mind and allows you to focus on more important things (family, work, and so on). So if you find that you’re constantly frazzled and you just can’t seem to find a way to keep your thoughts organized, why not start by getting your space in order? You’ll soon see an improvement in your mental state to match. And the best way to get your home organized is by getting on board with containers. Here’s how they can be used to tidy up any area of your home (and consequently, your entire life).

The best place to start is with the garage and the closets, since both of these areas tend to devolve into disarray sooner or later. Large bins in the garage can help to control some of the sporting equipment and power tools that seem to stretch from hither to yon, and smaller bins can be used for tools, toys, beach stuff, holiday decorations, and pretty much anything else that finds its way to your carport. You can even get containers that have small sections to house loose screws (no pun intended!). As for your closets, consider putting in shelving to better organize your assortment of bins and label them for linens, board games, or whatever else you store so that you can quickly find what you’re looking for each time you open the door.

Bedrooms and bathrooms can benefit from container storage, too. Keep bins on the top shelf of your closet for out-of-season clothes (summer stuff can go in there during the winter and you can swap it out for sweaters and thermal underwear when spring arrives). This will help to keep your personal closet clutter-free. You can also use under-bed storage bins for shoes that you don’t wear all the time to keep your floor clear of the pile that usually resides there. And in your bathroom, use an assortment of bins to keep your makeup items separated as well as stop your lotions and potions from spilling out every time you open a cupboard or drawer.

Of course, the place you can probably use container storage the most is in your family room or office, common areas that are constantly overrun by about a million forms of media used by various members of your household. If you already have shelving units to hold your CDs, DVDs, and video games (not to mention remotes and controllers), simply clean it all up by adding stylish bins to hide everything. Your space will look less cluttered and more pulled together, which should have you breathing a sigh of relief.

You might be worried about the initial cost of purchasing so many bins, but it’s not like you’re hiring a professional organizer to make over your home (which could cost thousands of dollars). By visiting local discount superstores (like Wal-Mart or Target) you can find the variety of sizes and storage solutions you need at a low cost that will work with just about any budget. And if you resolve to go one room at a time, you can spread the cost over several months, ending up this time next year with a house that is free of clutter and totally organized, in keeping with your new outlook on life!



Kyle Simpson writes for Morrison CHS which specializes in feed screws, quick change parts and builds the best products available in the container handling industry.
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Maria said...

I love baskets, bins and totes! We recently added two cube type shelves and bins in my daughter's room. I told my husband yesterday I want a house with no drywall, just wall to wall closets, drawers, cabinets and bins, hee hee!

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